Friday, June 11, 2010

TiVo-EchoStar-Dish case seen as important by some

I got a tweet this week from a party I didn’t recognize about the USPTO’s decision to reject two patnet claims by TiVo against the Dish Network and Echo Star over digital video recorders that record one program while another is being watched. The best Reuter’s story, dated June 10, is here.

A US Court of Appeals will hear the case en banc. The case is TiVo v. EchoStar, 2009-1374, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington, DC Circuit). A federal court had found earlier that Dish had infringed on the patent of TiVo.

The Comcast recorder that I lease can record two programs at a time, but c you cannot watch a third program if two other programs are being recorded simultaneously.

Susan Decker has a more detailed story for Bloomberg here.

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